Women Officers from Goa Make History as INSV Tarini Sets Sail on Expedition to Mauritius

In a historic milestone for India’s naval history, the Indian Naval Sailing Vessel (INSV) Tarini embarked on a groundbreaking expedition from INS Mandovi, Goa, to Port Louis, Mauritius. This marks the first-ever transoceanic voyage undertaken by Indian women in a double-handed mode. The Indian Naval Sailing Association (INSA) oversees this significant expedition.

Lt Cdr. Dilna K and Lt. Cdr Roopa A, pioneering women officers leading this mission, exhibit exceptional skill and dedication and epitomize the spirit of Nari Shakti in the maritime domain. This expedition underscores the nation’s commitment to promoting gender equality and inclusivity in traditionally male-dominated fields.

This daring journey plays a pivotal role in their preparations for the upcoming circumnavigation of the globe scheduled later this year. Over the last two and a half years, the officers underwent rigorous training, including a sailing expedition from Goa to Mauritius in 2022, followed by another from Goa to Rio De Janeiro via Cape Town and back the previous year. Subsequently, they sailed from Goa to Port Blair and back in a double-handed mode, marking their final consolidation expedition before the impending circumnavigation in September.

Cdr. Abhilash Tomy (Retd), a distinguished yachtsman who circumnavigated the globe non-stop on sailing boats twice, flagged off the expedition. After mentoring the two women officers for six months, he expressed pride in launching this monumental journey. Commander Tomy stated that the expedition symbolizes the spirit of adventure and resilience that defines the Indian Navy. He expressed complete confidence in the capabilities of the two women officers, wishing them fair winds and smooth seas on their historic voyage.

The transoceanic expedition of INSV Tarini signifies a significant stride in India’s maritime endeavours. It highlights the nation’s growing prominence in global naval activities and its commitment to gender equality on the high seas. This historic venture is a testament to the Indian Navy’s dedication to fostering excellence and diversity within its ranks.